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British imperial indenture system a ‘sanitised’ form of slavery

The abolition of slavery was the catalyst for the system of indenture, under which the British brought Chinese and East Indians to the Caribbean to labour on the region’s sugar plantations. The first wave arrived in Mauritius in 1834, followed by Guyana (1838) and Trinidad (1845). By the time the system, which also operated in […]

The King is dead, long live the King – analysing Zimbabwe’s transition from Mugabe to Mnangagwa

‘The King is dead, long live the King!’, the traditional proclamation to announce the death of a monarch and herald the incoming replacement, could well have been used to announce the political demise of President Robert Mugabe on 21 November 2017, and the swift coronation of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, says Professor Keith Somerville.   Share […]

Miranda Kaufmann's Tudor

Out of Africa: stories of pioneering black Tudor women

Dr Miranda Kaufmann, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, provides a glimpse into the lives of some of the pioneering women she came across while researching the overlooked stories of Africans in Tudor Britain. The resulting publication, Black Tudors: The Untold Story, was shortlisted for the 2018 Wolfson History Prize, which […]

How did Zimbabwe get there?

How did Zimbabwe get here? What is going on? What is likely to happen? The short answer is a combination of short-term factors, and long-term trends, economic structural pressures, political policy choices, and personal power agenda. Read this extract from Robert Mugabe, a forthcoming book by Dr Sue Onslow and Martin Plaut of the Institute of […]

Kane from Canada

Jane Roberts is a senior research fellow in the School of Advanced Study’s Institute of English Studies (IES) and emeritus professor of English language and medieval literature, University of London. She has recently published Kane from Canada, the memoir of George Kane (1916-2008) edited with his daughter, Mary Kane. Share this article:

Librarians and scholars: partners in digital humanities 

Christina Kamposiori, programme officer at Research Libraries UK, introduces a new report, published in July, entitled ‘The role for research libraries in the creation, curation, archiving, and preservation of tools for Digital Humanities research’. Its findings demonstrated the value of collaboration between librarians and researchers in the field. Share this article:

Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System

Sebastián Smart, Karinna Fernandez and Cristian Peña, co-editors of the recently-published ‘Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System’, provides an overview of its contents which shed light on some of the Chilean state’s human rights violations affecting indigenous peoples, victims of torture and the LGBTI community. Share this article:

Lives of the civil war

Image: Wencelas Hollar image: Earl of Essex, Wikimedia Commons This week sees publication, by the Institute of Historical Research, of the Cromwell Association Directory of Parliamentarian Army Officers – an online record of more than 4000 officers who fought for Parliament during the first Civil War of 1642-6. Dr Stephen K Roberts, the Directory’s general editor, […]